FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
The Red Wings-Maple Leafs NHL Winter Classic game at Michigan Stadium will not be a world record for hockey attendance, according to Yahoo Sports.
Attributing its information to an NHL source, Yahoo said attendance for the Jan. 1 game will fall short of the Guinness World Record of 104,173 for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game, also at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, in 2010.
The NHL and Guinness agreed on a barcode system for ticket accounting. But ticket-takers stopped scanning tickets in the second period, and due to poor weather conditions, there were many late-arriving fans whose tickets were never scanned, Yahoo said.
The NHL, which said it sold 105,491 tickets for the game, is still waiting on official word from Guinness.
“We haven’t heard that it’s not the record,” NHL chief operating officer John Collins said. “We just haven’t heard anything.”
DOLPHINS: Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive accepted the Miami general manager job Sunday, ending a search that lasted nearly three weeks. Brian Xanders, a member of the Detroit Lions player personnel department, had been one of the candidates for the position.
VIKINGS: Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson will take the same position with the Minnesota Vikings, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Wilson was eliminated as a potential candidate for the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator position Saturday.
ALABAMA: Quarterback Ricky Town announced on Twitter that he had decommitted from the Tide, and given his pledge to USC. Alabama recently won the services of Jacob Coker, who was in a heated battle with Jameis Winston at Florida State prior to the 2013 season. Coker will stay at Florida State this spring and graduate, making him immediately eligible to compete for the starting job in 2014. He’ll be a junior.
TIGERS: New reliever Joba Chamberlain showed up having lost 15 pounds and gaining a beard. Having pitched the rest of his career for the New York Yankees, the 28-year-old righty wasn’t allowed to grow a beard.
WHITE SOX: Baseball fans who go see the movie “Dallas Buyers Club” might recognize a familiar face behind the bar. Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn has a small role as a bartender in the film starring Matthew McConaughey that earned six Academy Award nominations.
BREWERS: Free agent pitcher Matt Garza signed a four-year contract with Milwaukee on Sunday, strengthening the top of the rotation and boosting the Brewers’ hopes following a disappointing season. Sources told The Associated Press the four-year deal was worth $50 million with an extra $1 million per year in reachable performance bonuses for a starter.
BEACH BUMS: Traverse City signed right-handed pitcher Chris Bossenbery. The 23-year old played for five years at Western Michigan University. The Arizona native had the lowest ERA of all Bronco pitchers in 2013 (3.09) with a 2-0 record. He also held opposing hitters to the third lowest batting average in conference play (.221). The Beach Bums are also bringing back Ian MacDougall, a left-handed pitcher from Western Oregon University who they drafted in the first round of last year’s Frontier League tryout draft, but released before the season started.
BAHAMAS LPGA CLASSIC: Jessica Korda won the season-opening Bahamas LPGA Classic for her second tour title, holing a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: Shayne Whittington scored 21 points and hauled in 15 rebounds to lead Western Michigan to a 62-53 win over Ball State on Sunday. David Brown contributed 17 points and Connar Tava added 11 in the win — the first time this season the Broncos (11-7, 4-2 MAC) have come back from a halftime deficit.
DETROIT: Keifer Sykes scored 22 points and Greg Mays added 11 points and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds to help Green Bay defeat Detroit 62-52 Sunday for its 12th straight win. Evan Bruinsma scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Detroit (9-13, 2-5).
WBO: Mikey Garcia retained the WBO junior lightweight title with a unanimous decision over Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
IBF: Lamont Peterson retained the IBF junior welterweight title Saturday night, unanimously outpointing previously undefeated Dierry Jean in front of a hometown crowd of about 5,600 fans at the DC Armory.
WBO: German cruiserweight Marco Huck stopped compatriot Firat Arslan in the sixth round of their rematch to successfully retain his WBO belt on Saturday for the 12th time.